Since platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy was first developed decades ago, it has been gaining traction among healthcare professionals across various disciplines for a number of good reasons.
In the field of orthopedics, in particular, PRP therapy is increasingly being used in the treatment of the vast variety of musculoskeletal problems, including sports injuries.
If you are contemplating PRP therapy for your orthopedic problem but are still skeptical about it or just not quite sure how it will benefit you, this article will show you compelling reasons to give it a try.
How Does PRP Treatment Work?
PRP therapy is a minimally invasive procedure in which your orthopedic doctor draws a sample of your blood, which they will then process in a centrifuge. The purpose of centrifugation is to separate the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from the other components in order to obtain a higher concentration of growth and healing factors.
The growth factors and protein in PRP are responsible for creating appropriate conditions for stem cells to regenerate and differentiate and, in turn, facilitate healing in the injured or diseased area.
The solution is then injected into and around the target area in your body to activate its healing response.
The specific benefits of PRP therapy include the following:
- Accelerates the healing process – faster return to normal activities
- Reduces inflammation and provides long-lasting pain relief- reduces reliance on pain medications (especially beneficial for people suffering from chronic musculoskeletal problems)
- Effectively helps delay the progression of joint degeneration and consequently the need for surgery
- Carries virtually no risk for allergic reaction or rejection- This is because the solution is derived from your own blood.
- Has minimal side effects and risk of complications
Conditions Treated with PRP Therapy
PRP treatments is often used as adjunctive therapy for the following orthopedic conditions and injuries:
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Hamstring injuries
- Plantar fasciitis
- Rotator cuff tears
- Sprains and strains
- Tendon disorders (e.g., Achilles tendonitis and tennis elbow, etc.)
PRP Treatments in Lauderdale Lakes and Pembroke Pines, FL
At Total Orthopaedic Care, our board-certified orthopedic doctors deliver the best treatment outcomes for the entire range of musculoskeletal problems using a vast variety of innovative and highly effective treatment modalities— including PRP therapy.
If you want to find out if you are a candidate for PRP therapy or to discuss other treatment options, call our staff at (954) 735-3535, so we can arrange your consultation with one of our orthopedic doctors. You may also fill out this appointment request form.